Analog Science Fiction and Fact – September 2007 – Vol. CXXVII No.
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: David A. Hardy
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 1 July 2007 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The September 2007 of Analog is a consistently entertaining one. C. Sanford Lowe & G. David Nordley conclude their stories of the Black Hole Project on a high note. There are also good stories by Dave Creek, E. Mark Mitchell, Uncle River and others.
The major part of the September 2007 of Analog is the conclusion of C. Sanford Lowe & G. David Nordley's saga of a project to create a black bole. In previous stories, they've faced many problems, human and natural. In "Vertex", they battle saboteurs and pirates for a great finish. The other novella (and cover story) is "Some Distant Shore" by Dave Creek. Mike and Linna, from three previous stories published in 2000 are witness (with three alien races) to the collision of two star systems. But that is only the background for greater drama.
The issue also has two Very Good novelettes. E. Mark Mitchell's "Stranger Things" is a hilarious adventure in which two guys and a lady wind up with many alternate versions of themselves and they must all join together to set things straight. Uncle River's "Ginger Ear and Elephant Hair" is in the form of a long rambling lecture about how hairy elephants make a reappearance in some future Earth where disaster has struck. Style-wise, this was a bit challenging to read and I would not like to follow the narrator by just hearing him talk.
The issue is rounded out by two entertaining short stories. "Palimpsest" by Howard V. Hendrix is the tale of a fight against computer spam that goes too far. "A Plutoid by Any Other Name" by Richard A. Lovett is a hilarious take about the decision to demote Pluto from planet status and how this can go too far.
All in all, another great issue of the genre's oldest magazine.